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Tyler Flowers wearing glasses Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:22 pm ET) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers wore glasses during Wednesday's game, according to MLB.com.

Flowers is in the middle of a major slump, and may have resorted to glasses as a possible solution. Flowers is hitting .219/.278/.302 over 242 at-bats. 


Albert Pujols pops 20th home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:13 pm ET) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his 20th home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays. 

Pujols hit a go-ahead shot in the seventh inning. He worked a four-pitch at-bat against Aaron Loup. On the final pitch, he smashed a 94 mph fastball out to center for the two-run shot. Pujols also singled in the game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Donnie Murphy placed on release waivers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Rangers infielder Donnie Murphy has been placed on release waivers.

Murphy was designated for assignment recently, but rejected the move. He was hitting .196 over 112 at-bats. 


Adam Lind out 6-8 weeks following foot injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:01 pm ET) Blue Jays infielder Adam Lind is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with a foot fracture, according to MLB.com.

Lind will get a second opinion on the injury in hopes that he might be able to return to action sooner. He's hitting .320/.389/.489 over 178 at-bats. 


Kris Johnson gets the call Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:56 pm ET) Twins pitcher Kris Johnson will get the start Friday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Johnson has a 2.75 ERA over 98 1/3 innings in Triple-A. Johnson made one start with the club earlier this season. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings. 


Jason Grilli picks up a win Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:52 pm ET) Angels reliever Jason Grilli managed to snag a win Wednesday against the Blue Jays. 

Grilli wound up being a victim of circumstance. After tossing a scoreless inning in the seventh, Albert Pujols put the team on top in the bottom of the inning. The Angels were able to hang on, giving Grilli the win. He's now 1-1 on the year. 


Not ready to trust Jacob deGrom yet
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:50 pm ET) Jacob deGrom has shown enough flashes of potential over his last few starts that you wouldn't be wrong to take a flier on him in a 12-team mixed league, especially since the waiver wire, at least in competitive leagues, no longer abounds with starting pitcher talent.

But taking a flier on him isn't the same as putting your trust in him, and I'm not quite ready for the latter yet.

For one thing, his high strikeout rate is mostly the result of four starts: an 11-strikeout effort May 31 at the Phillies, a seven-strikeout effort June 21 at the Marlins, an eight-strikeout effort July 2 at the Braves and the latest 11-strikeout effort Tuesday, also against the Braves.

The Marlins have struck out the most of any team in baseball, and the Braves have struck out the fourth-most. The Phillies aren't quite as bad, but they've struck out the ninth-most and have several notable high-strikeout hitters.

deGrom wasn't a strikeout pitcher in the minors, never averaging more than 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in a full season -- and that was in the lower levels. He wasn't a pitcher of any note in the minors, compiling a 3.62 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 58 starts, and if you look at his game log, you'll see he's been just as spotty so far in the majors, with his innings and walks varying as much from start to start as his strikeouts.

But watching him pitch, I'll admit he looks better than the numbers would suggest, and I would have said the same for Corey Kluber early last year. For that reason, I'm not overlooking deGrom in Fantasy. I'm just not ready to commit to him yet.


Danny Santana not ready to return just yet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:45 pm ET) Twins infielder Danny Santana won't return this weekend, according to MLB.com.

Santana was aiming for a weekend return, but will need a rehab assignment first. Santana is hitting .328 over 134 at-bats. 


Marco Scutaro scheduled to return Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:42 pm ET) Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is expected to return from the disabled list Friday if he doesn't suffer a setback over the next few days, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Scutaro is getting Wednesday off and is scheduled to play nine innings with Triple-A Fresno Thursday before a potential return Friday. He has yet to play this season while recovering from a back injury. Manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Scutaro is scheduled to be activated Friday or Saturday, according to multiple reports.


Wily Peralta not so trustworthy right now
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:39 pm ET) I'm inclined to say that at 84 percent, Wily Peralta is overowned right now. His troubles didn't just begin with the nine earned runs he allowed to the Phillies Tuesday night. He now has just three quality starts in his last eight, compiling a 6.38 ERA during that stretch.

But the ERA doesn't trouble me as much as the 1.34 WHIP and especially the 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Much of Peralta's success earlier in the year was the result of an improved ability to miss bats. His ground-ball tendencies predispose him to a higher-than-usual hit rate, so when he allows more contact overall, the damage can pile up quickly. And when he goes back to walking batters at the same rate he did last year, as he has in his last 10 starts, he's barely mixed-league viable.

That said, the starting pitcher position has thinned out enough in recent weeks that quality replacements are no longer so available. For all my concerns about Peralta, I still rank him in the top 75 at the position, so the better choice than dropping him in most leagues is to bench and hope he regains the form he showed at the beginning of the year. He has the stuff to get back there.


 
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